What is a Reserve Deputy?
The Reserve Unit is a group of dedicated individuals from our community who wish to serve their fellow citizens by donating their time and talents to the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.
The unit is made up of both certified and non-certified deputies who receive no financial compensation for their service and volunteer hundreds of hours of time per month to the Sheriff's Office. Receiving no pay for the job they do, and spending time away from their families shows tremendous dedication on the part of the Reserves.
Reserve deputies are required to receive continuous training throughout the year, as well as qualify annually with their service weapon.
Serving Our Community
The Reserve Deputies serve in many capacities ranging from working uniform patrol service, providing search and rescue assistance and managing special details as called for by the Sheriff. They also transport prisoners and any other duties that may be required by the Sheriff's Office. Reserve Deputies also work closely with the office's full-time deputies in providing Homeland Security.
Become a Certified Reserve Deputy
To be accepted in the certified program, an applicant must be recommended by his local sheriff and pass a lengthy entrance exam which includes a strenuous physical fitness test which includes a certain number of sit-ups and push-ups in a specified time and be able to complete a 1-1/2 mile run in less than 15 minutes and 28 seconds.
Upon entrance to the academy's classroom, the candidate must complete 480 hours of college-level courses in all aspects of law as it applies to law enforcement. The academy's curriculum covers all of Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training (APOST) requirements. Recruits must pass all APOST certification tests in order to graduate. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors, and most instructors are veteran officers with expertise in a particular discipline.
Major subject areas include:
- Criminal Justice
- Basic Law
- Human Rights and Victim's Rights
- Community Policing
- Patrol Procedures
- Traffic Control
- Investigative Procedures
The patrol procedures subject area includes an emphasis on law enforcement driving, arrest control, explosives ordnance destruction (EOD), SWAT tactics and critical incidents.
For reserve deputies, the classes are held every other Saturday and Sunday for thirteen months at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Academy classroom in Fultondale, north of Birmingham.
A Message From The Sheriff
This site is maintained as a public service for the citizens of Etowah County. As Sheriff, it is my pleasure to serve you in this manner. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.